I don't need this pressure on
I don't know about you but I feel a little less pressure this week as a Charlton fan. The 100% record, the Brentford game billed as the biggest game of the day in the country, Pardew's return, Manager of the Month awards.... it was all getting a bit much. I am almost glad the 100% record has gone and Parky and the players can now actually concentrate on each game and not have to cogitate over record books.
Norwich City are next up, who after an inglorious start are finding their feet in this division. They lost the other night to Franchise FC but one would assume are vastly more organised
than they were under Bryan Gunn. A healthy Addick following will be at Carrow Road Saturday, which is good to see and one hopes the same energised support will make it to Colchester and Leeds as well. The game at Elland Road will be our 11th marking almost 25% of the season gone and perhaps a time when fans with even greater paranoia than me might start to trust the league table.
I wonder at what point Parky will make changes to the starting XI, that's hoping injuries won't force the issue although it is obvious that Richardson, Dailly, Bailey and Racon are each carrying minor irks. Sodje once match fit has to be a consideration, as well as young Tamer Tuna who scored another goal in the ressies yesterday
. A game that featured Sam Sodje, Leon McKenzie and Luke Holden as well as Jills target Chris Dickson.
Meanwhile tomorrow night Parkinson, assistant manager Tim Breacker and first-team coach Mark Kinsella host a fan's question and answer session in the Millennium Suite
. Credit to the club for doing this as well as getting the timing just right!